Kokomo Perspective 03 15 2017 E Edition Page A1

765-452-0055 kokomoperspective.com e-edition For Local Weather Call 457-9211 Sponsored by: City of Kokomo, Coca-Cola, White's Meat Market Over 4.50 Million Callers Stay in touch with the latest in our community at kokomoperspective.com by Alyx Arnett Editor editor@kokomoperspective.com March 15, 2017 Martino's A6 Perspective Photo / Slater Young, Provided ITALIAN - (Far above) Anthony Martino per- fects the pizza crust at Martino's. (Above) An old photo shows Frank Martino preparing dough. Staple in Kokomo cuisine garners national attention with 55-year-old recipes by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Everyone in Kokomo knows about Martinos Italian Villa, and recently the restaurants pizza got some love from on a na- tional scale. Recently, the Italian eaterys pizza earned the restaurant a spot in the Pizza Hall of Fame, which is operated by the pizza industrys largest busi- ness publication PMQ Pizza Magazine . And the Martino family doesnt accredit new technolo- gies or techniques to the honor. Rather, its recipes developed by the res- taurants founders that earned Martinos Italian Villa a place alongside national icons in pizza. Angela Martino, along with her late husband, Frank, started the res- taurant in 1962, and with the help of her son, Mike, and other family mem- bers, the restaurant has persisted in Kokomo. Not only that, but An- gela and Franks original recipes also have per- sisted for nearly 55 years. Its this, said Mike, that makes Martinos pizza special. We still make the dough ourselves. We do that each morning, said Mike. We still make the pizza sauce. We still grate the cheese. We get the block cheese and grate it ourselves. The sausage, we do that ourselves. Well get ground pork, season it, cook it, and do Western Intermediate awarded Pink Sneaker School takes traveling trophy for the second consecutive year for fund raising for Open Arms Perspective Photo / Alyx Arnett AWARD - Kim Howell, director of women's ministries at Kokomo Rescue Mission, hands the Pink Sneaker award to Harlee Reel. Reel was the top fund raiser on the Western team with $575. For the second consecutive year, Western Intermediate School students were awarded the Pink Sneaker from Ko- komo Rescue Mission (KRM) for being the top fund-raising team among area schools. Twenty-two students, who were part of the Random Acts of Kindness team, raised a total of $1,946.15 for Walk a Mile in My Shoes, an event put on by KRM to raise money for Open Arms, the womens and chil- drens shelter. Im absolutely proud of them and the work they do here. They get a commitment to helping their community, and they run with it, said WIS Principal Pat Quillen. The kindness grows as they see the joy it brings others. The earlier we can teach that to our future is vital. The teams top fund raiser was fifth-grade student Harlee Reel who raised $575 in one day. Reel said she raised the money by asking friends and family for donations. Reel also came through last year with a solid $300. Reels dad, Pat, said hes proud of his daughter for her efforts. My daughters got the big- gest heart youve ever seen. Shes a very giving person, he said. Nicole Irwin, who started the Random Acts of Kind- ness group around 10 years ago, said Reel will be missed next year when she moves up to the middle school. She does a fantastic job for the team, Irwin said. Since starting the club Ir- win said it has inspired stu- dents to think about more than themselves. I think the feeling that they get from giving in this world is like, Give me, give me, give me. I think its im- portant that they learn to Award A2 Aperion faces legal battle after patient death by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com For the second time in less than a year, a local healthcare facility faces le- gal trouble after the death of a patient. A Russiaville man filed a complaint for damages against Aperion Care of Kokomo recently, claiming his wife died as a result of her care within the local facility. The suit marks the second such legal claim filed against Aperion Care of Kokomo in the span of less than a year. According to a complaint for dam- ages filed Feb. 23 in the Howard County court system, Steven Auth al- legedly discovered his wife, Marilyn, was left unattended and tucked in bed with a broken femur while she was under the care of Aperion in Sep- tember of last year. The suit he filed against the facility claims this injury, which the cause of is never mentioned in the complaint, eventually resulted in Marilyns death. Marilyns stay at Aperion began on Sept. 16, 2016. According to the com- plaint, she was transported via ambu- lance to the facility to receive care for Aperion A7 Sheriff testifies before state committee on population issues by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com From local sheriffdepartments, the message is clear: help us with inmate population issues. Last week multiple sheriffdepart- ments and representatives from the various institutions that make up the Indiana criminal justice system testi- ied before the Indiana Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law. The purpose was to provide insight into the states criminal reform, enacted in 2015. Among those to testify was Howard County SheriffSteve Rogers, who requested help in dealing with population issues in Howard County. We really need help in Howard County, said Rogers. I am here to ask you today if there is an option of being able to send level 6 commit- ments back to the Indiana Depart- ment of Correction for a period of time. That is really going to be helpful to jails and sheriffs with operations of my size. Per House Bill 1006, low-level fel- ony offenders now are being sent to local jails in order to cut down on the inmate population of state prisons. Rogers A7

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